The year 2006 was a good one for new Goshen College President James Brenneman, he said during his opening convocation for the college’s spring semester on Jan. 10. He noted, facetiously, that – like every other reader of the magazine – he was named “Time” magazine’s Person of the Year for 2006.
Goshen College will honor the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. by holding its 14th annual all-school Martin Luther King Jr. Study Day, emphasizing the values and ideals that characterized King’s work, on Monday, Jan. 15. The theme for the day’s activities will be “MLK and the Hip-Hop Generation: Bridging the Past and the Future.” The college has again canceled all classes during the day, and all these events are open to the public.
During Goshen College’s Homecoming Weekend 2006 on Oct. 6-8 the college will honor six exceptional alumni with awards for lives and dedication to service that has inspired others. Three will receive Culture For Service Awards, named for the college’s motto. The college will honor one recent alumna with its Decade of Servant Leadership Award, which recognizes young alumni who are making significant contributions to their communities, church and world. And for the first time, the Goshen College Maple Leafs Athletic Club is presenting the Dr. Ruth Gunden and the Dr. Roman Gingerich Champion of Character Awards.
Goshen College began the 2006-07 academic year with an overall student enrollment of 951, compared with 922 a year ago, according to the college’s registrar’s office. The enrollment count includes both full- and part-time traditional students and those taking courses or seeking degrees through Goshen’s Division of Adult and External Studies.
In a year when Dr. James E. Brenneman was named president-elect and strong interim leadership both sharpened daily operations and prepared the way for a new administration, giving to Goshen College remained generous for the 2005-06 fiscal year, which ended June 30.
After shelving his books in his office and with a full week of work completed as the new president of Goshen College, Dr. James E. Brenneman decided it was time to throw a party. On July 13, he held an “office warming” for all campus faculty, staff and students by inviting them to celebrate this new beginning for him and the college. And while most Old Testament biblical scholars and pastors may be thought of as serious and studious, President Brenneman clearly knows how to appreciate a joyous time.
Four Goshen College students were named the winners in a student video documentary competition held by the Peace and Justice Journalism Program, which is funded by Plowshares.
Students from Earlham College, Manchester College and Goshen College were invited to submit proposals for 30-minute documentaries.